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Report on 1.1: Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) Update Forum from the ALA Annual Meeting 2014

Posted By Kimmy Szeto, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Originally Posted to the Task Force Group Blog By Lisa McFall, Saturday, December 13, 2014

In this 78 minute long video of the Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) Update Forum from the ALA Annual Meeting 2014, reports were given by Beacher J. E. Wiggins, Sally Hart McCallum, Kevin Ford, Phil E. Schreur, and Andrea Leigh. Each provided an update on a different aspect of BIBFRAME.


The first speaker was Wiggins, the Director for Acquisitions and Bibliography Access at the Library of Congress. He provided an introduction to the session, highlighting things such as the release of the BIBFRAME editor, the beginning of a pilot by LC beginning in the fall of 2015, and highlighting the efforts within the Library of Congress to help provide others with an easier method of understanding the technicalities of BIBFRAME.


McCallum discussed the reorganization of, with its links to The site has been updated to include information about the how authorities and relationships are viewed in BIBFRAME and profiles. The BIBFRAME editor was also made available in April, which can be used by people on their own.


Ford talked extensively on the structure of BIBFRAME and the differences between how metadata is recorded in it vs. in MARC. For anyone who is unclear on this, watching his session (specifically from 14:00-27:00 of the video recording) would be very helpful. He also had clear diagrams in his slides that illustrated how the systems function different. Ford discussed how those working on BIBFRAME plan to work with PCC and the Library of Congress to work on both visual and written tutorials on how to use the new editor.


Schreur’s presentation, titled “Stanford and BIBFRAME: Big Data, Big Issues, Big Solutions,” highlighted the work that Stanford University has been doing with BIBFRME, based partially on a grant that they received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in conjunction with Cornell and Harvard. Stanford is working to create an ontology that can work both for metadata recorded in MARC and non-traditional metadata. As part of this, they are also hoping to create a system that handles editing, display and also serves as a discovery system. As part of this system, they are also hoping to provide users with the ability to incorporate external data, such as that found in DBPedia, taking full advantage of the possibilities of linked data and the flexible nature of BIBFRAME.


Leigh, from the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audiovisual Conservation discussed the BIBFRAME AV Modeling Study, in which they were involved with Zepheira and AVPreserve. This study particularly targeted some of the challenges of dealing with concepts such as “work” when you are also dealing with the fixed nature of a sound recording being one instance that could be seen as an “event.” Additional information on this should be available in the BIBFRAME study, which was to be released later in 2014.

Tags:  ALA Annual  BIBFRAME  BIBFRAME editor  Library of Congress  Stanford University 

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